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Photography for Beginners (PfB 4)
Update 2008-09-30. Shooting landscape and mixing it with portrait? Well, I always used to point-and-shoot portrait with the person in front facing the camera and then finding a background view to 'fit' nicely, or I usually see a landmark or some scenery worth capturing for remembrance and ask the person to be in the picture. So we face DOF problems, but those were the Point-Shoot days. Not any more, I do not do those things any longer.

But hey, wait a minute, I held dSLR, was shooting the beach scene with the stilted huts and sea. Then this boy came slowly along in front of me, what should I do? Asked him to step aside and let me continue my shooting? Well he was standing there watching and nervous with curiosity. Actually I would do well just taking his portrait as he could be a good subject. In fact, he would be incredible subject, now that I came to think over it. His face will slight problem of twist, his bigger size head in proportion to his body, and the T-shirt and red pants. How come I could miss that opportunity.

I was greedy. Sort of P-S style to capture the huts with the boy together. But the DOF might not be perfect. In any case, I had shot some landscape scenes a few moments earlier, so my mistake here should be to just forget about landscape and focus on portrait. Just me and him alone.

A boy of his age would be dipping in the water, play and swim, but I suspected he was not well. If I were to return to this island, many things I would try again the same way, and more things I would try in new ways.

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In my earlier post linked here, this little Sea Bajau boy actually came in front of me and stood silently aside on the vegetation growth (because the sand was hot on bare foot) and kept watching me shooting. As Rabani once said in his post on this island, these Sea Bajau people will not pose for any camera, it was as if the camera was not existant in front of their eyes, they just acted natural.

So what did I do? I had to frame him completely while still capture the backdrop of the local stilted huts and the boat and lucky enough the focus was fine. If you view carefully, the boy actually had a swollen face on the side of his face and forehead, perhaps due to some disease, causing his lips to be twisted to one side. Well I did not have any candies but he was happy just to be there, although he hesitated to take it, I did give him some money after that. Did you also notice his index finger shortened? I wish I could print this photo and pass it to him.

While this may include a portrait of the boy, I was really aiming to document the stilted huts and the way life is lived in a Sea Bajau way. Thank you for viewing. Cheers, bill


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